As the July 20 deadline for the nuclear negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran approaches, the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, and the regime’s destabilizing role in the Middle East, will continue to be a concern for U.S. and Israeli policymakers. Natan Sachs, fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, argues that both Israel and the United States must maintain a vigilant and pragmatic watch over Iran’s policies in the future.
Editor’s note: On July 16, Natan Sachs delivered testimony on Israel and Iran’s role in the Middle East before a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Read his prepared testimony here.
Unfortunately, I don’t see a real opportunity for public opinion in Iran to change the regime’s regional activity. The Iranians supported terror organizations in the region even when they were under worse economic pressure than now. They will continue to do that.